Rjenda adds Activity SPREAD Analysis so schools can better manage student workload and stress

September 17, 2009

School administrators, teachers and parents want to proactively manage student workload and stress across academic and extracurricular activities, yet they lack the tools that can provide them the visibility and insight to do so effectively.  Rjenda helps address this need with the introduction of the Activity SPREAD Analysis so schools administrators, faculty, department heads can better manage the spread of tests, assessments and key projects across their academic year.

Research and student surveys conducted by schools have found that:

  1. Students feel increased level of stress due to workload peaks caused by various kinds of assessments or tests
  2. Assessment  “traffic jams” are the key cause of such stress

Assessment “traffic jams”, as the term indicates, is caused when students get a lot of their assessments, quizzes, projects, etc. all around the same time in a school year. Often times it is difficult for teachers to coordinate their assessments with other faculty members, so students see increased workload and hence stress.

With the “activity spread analysis”, school administrators, department heads and teachers can see the “spread” of assessments across the school year. They can better manage when assessments are given and for which subject. This analytic helps department heads to see how their department is doing by way of assessments; which teachers are giving tests and how often.

The Activity Spread Analysis is complementary with LOAD analysis (We have written about this in an earlier blog) which provides visibility and insight into assessments and workload for every student.

Early users at schools are very excited about using the “activity spread analysis”, enabling insight and positive impact on student workload with less effort by teachers and administrators.  By tracking assessments, they can identify overload and more easily balance a study schedule.

For more information on Rjenda, go to www.rjenda.com

Thanks,

The Rjenda Team


How Rjenda.com is different in proactively managing student workload & stress

September 10, 2009

In our discussions with school administrators and faculty members, they acknowledge that 1) the challenges around student workload and stress are not new and 2) they’d have tried ways to address the challenge, with varying degrees of success.   So they ask: “How is Rjenda different?” to justify why they should try something new.

Rjenda is fundamentally different from other solutions out there.  Its key differentiators are:

-          Unique insight for each student, class, and department

-          Easy to deploy and use

-          Engages various stakeholders in school community

Unique Insight for Each Student, Class, and Department: Rjenda provides insight into the daily and weekly load for each student over the school year, along with analysis for assessments per class and for all classes in a department.    Schools do not have the tools to provide such visibility for each student’s schedule and workload.  This is particularly challenging to achieve in upper high school grades, with unique schedules for each student, given the combination of electives that each student can choose.  Rjenda handles such cases and provides insight via unique analytics for test calendar/assessment load, activity spread, time demand including homework and extracurricular activities, and student course planning.

Easy to deploy and use:  Rjenda is easy to deploy and use.  As an online software solution, users just need a web browser and internet connection; no additional hardware or installation is needed.   The Rjenda administrator for your school can easily upload class and roster data from existing systems, and integrate to existing calendar solutions.   Most users just enter events on a calendar for their groups.    Little to no training is needed, given the easy to use interface.

Engages various stakeholders in a school community: Rjenda easily engage the various stakeholders in a school community, including teachers, advisors, administrators, students, and parents, by providing different views of the data which are relevant for them.   Such visibility facilitates discussion and proactive actions amongst these stakeholders.

Please let your neighborhood schools know about Rjenda.com

Thanks,

The Rjenda Team

www.rjenda.com


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